Rain washed out Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying for this weekend’s 6th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
As a result, instead of the usual four qualifying rounds split equally between Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s final elimination field will be determined just by Saturday’s two qualifying sessions.
Rain began early Friday morning and continued throughout the day, with both lingering scattered showers and mist keeping officials from drying the racetrack.
“It is tough to lose a day of qualifying at any race,” two-time and defending 4-Wide Nationals Funny Car champ Robert Hight said. “It is especially tough at the Four-Wide Nationals when you have to be prepared to run in any of the four lanes on race day.
“We will do our best tomorrow to get some data and more importantly put on a good show for these fans.”
Weather permitting, the revised schedule for Saturday will begin at 8 am ET for sportsman qualifying and time trials.
Track officials expect cool and dry conditions for the remainder of the weekend, according to an NHRA media release.
Qualifying sessions for the three NHRA pro classes – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – on Saturday are slated for 1:15 and 4:15 pm ET.
Sunday’s final eliminations are scheduled for 1 pm ET.
According to zMAX Dragway officials, “fans with Friday tickets can present their ticket stub for a 100 percent credit toward Saturday or Sunday tickets, tickets to the 2015 NHRA Carolina Nationals in September or Friday of the 2016 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.”